Watching Stand By Me again for the first time in years, I noticed things about it that I hadn't noticed before, and was able to articulate more clearly why this movie spoke to me so much as a young girl.Read More
The actor's passing was confirmed yesterday. He was 81.
Following the confirmation of Star Wars actor Kenny Baker's death yesterday, several of Baker's castmates took to Twitter to express their condolences to fans--including Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, who played C-3PO alongside Baker's R2-D2 for six straight films. Star Wars creator George Lucas also shared a small statement regarding Baker's passing.Read More
Today is the fourth annual International Tabletop Day! Whether you're a hardcore game nerd, or a more casual player, today is a great day to either get some friends together, or attend one of the community events happening all over the world. Right now, there's a livestream happening over at the official website thanks to the good people over at Geek and Sundry, and all of this is happening for a very good cause!Read More
When gaming, the important thing is to have fun—even if that means turning an unfortunate turn of luck into a story point or giving a player a second chance.Read More
The Mary Sue Exclusive!
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When a game gives you lemons, be more creative. Fashion yourself a lemon cannon and fire those things right back! Or, you know, make the best of your character's stats by turning them into personality traits. Whichever.Read More
The Mary Sue exclusive!
Combat is usually a large part of the role-playing experience, and making that combat feel real, varied, and interactive can make or break the experience. So, sit back and let Wil Wheaton give you some tips on how to get the most out of your combat system in this week's Game Master Tip.Read More
If your players feel like "fight evil and win" is their only choice, a game won't feel nearly as nuanced as the real world, where things are rarely that simple. This week, Wil Wheaton has some tips on presenting your players with moral dilemmas.Read More
Good ideas don't just spring forth out of nowhere, so make sure you have some good sources of inspiration to make your next tabletop role-playing campaign!Read More
Project UROK Founder Jenny Jaffe Talks Minority Access to Mental Health Care; Chris Hardwick Crashes Wil Wheaton’s Video
"Mental health care is seen as a luxury in this country, and it's baffling to me."
We've told you a little about Project UROK and the wonderful work they're doing to try and de-stigmatize public discussion of mental illness, and posted an awesome video from when Wil Wheaton participated in the project. Now, Project UROK has exclusively shared this outtakes video from the Wheaton shoot, which Chris Hardwick crashes, and they are even nerdier than usual. Meanwhile, Jenny Jaffe spoke exclusively to TMS about Project UROK in the interview below!Read More
A good Game Master needs to be able to improvise to make players feel like they can really explore their imaginations, and like improv acting's "yes, and..." guideline, saying yes to what your players want to do can go a long way towards building characters and worlds together.Read More
It's a common problem: you, as a GM, have given your players exactly what they wanted because they reached the end of a dungeon or put down the big baddie. Where do they go from there?Read More
You are not alone. You are OK.
Project UROK is a mental health non-profit for young people in the vein of the "It Gets Better" campaign in that they have invited people, both well-known and not, to share their experiences with mental illness on video. In the above video, geek icon Wil Wheaton shares his struggles with anxiety and depression in an attempt to let young people going through the same thing know that they're not alone, and that they are OK.Read More
Back in The Long-Ago Time of the 1980s, most people sitting down to an RPG like D&D weren't playing with miniatures and battle grids. As D&D evolved, however, so did gameplay and the incorporation of little tactile figures bopping around a grid. That's awesome if you enjoy maneuvering tactically...but does it take away from the imaginations of the players? In this week’s Game Master Tips from Wil Wheaton and Geek & Sundry, Wheaton talks the pros and cons of minis and maps.Read More
If there's an area where tabletop gaming really outdoes RPG video games, it's in storytelling that can really react and adapt to player choices to make participants feel like they're actually involved in shaping the narrative instead of just playing an interactive movie. In this week's Game Master Tips from Wil Wheaton and Geek & Sundry, Wheaton suggests ways to work that to your game's advantage.Read More
Mary Suevians™, have we got a treat for you! To go along with his Geek & Sundry tabletop RPG series, Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana, Wil Wheaton will be releasing a Game Master tip every week directly to you through The Mary Sue! Watch the first one above, and check out the full show—where Wheaton leads celebrities on an RPG adventure—over on Geek & Sundry.Read More
You troll, girl!
Anne Wheaton, Vandal Eyes genius and wife of Wil Wheaton, did an experiment on Twitter yesterday which led harassing Gamergaters into causing donations to be made to one of the organizations they despise the most - Feminist Frequency.Read More
Four score and seven years ago, Wil Wheaton recorded a bunch of lines for Codename S.T.E.A.M., and now you will be able to hear him in the game when it comes out next week—as ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Wait, this makes total sense. Everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln invented the emoticon, and Wil Wheaton is the current president of the Internet! It fits, I tells ya! It aaaaaall fits!Read More
Some Big Damn Heroes coming your way!
Yesterday the folks behind Firefly Online, a multi-user strategic roleplaying game set in the universe of Joss Whedon's universe, announced Wil Wheaton as the voice actor for the male player character. Today, The Mary Sue has the honor of revealing his counterpart - Courtenay Taylor!Read More
Officially notarized by the sovereign state of dgaf.
We fully recommend that you show this... card to anyone who questions your gamer cred. And for the same low price of free, it even works for nerd and geek cred, too! What a bargain!Read More
With bonus Carrie Kelley cameo!
Oh, sure, everybody wants to find their ideal crimefighting partner through a mutual friend or at a social gathering, but who has the time to go out and punch villains with new people anymore? Dr. Hank Tannen (who may or may not be Wil Wheaton) doesn't, which is why he invented this new dating app. Wait, no. Not dating. It's not for dating. Don't date your sidekicks. [Warning for autoplay!]Read More